Poll: Who should win The Sunday Game man of the match award for today's hurling final?
Published 06/09/2015 | 17:34
Brian Cody's Kilkenny side won their 11th All-Ireland hurling title of his 16-year reign this afternoon after a 1-22 to 1-18 win over Galway.
After every All-Ireland final, fans are always keenly interested in who The Sunday Game give the man of the match award to and there were a few worthy candidates today.
Here are three players who might come away with the prize later tonight.
1) TJ Reid
Reid capped off another dominant season with one of his typically busy displays. Reid's skill-set allows him to operate in close to goal, where he hit the net after a sharp pass from Walter Walsh, while also roving out the field, where he pinged scores from a variety of angles. When you add in his accuracy from frees, it is hard not to conclude that Reid is the complete player.
2) Colin Fennelly
Fennelly didn't do a great deal in the first half but as the Cats rebounded after the break, Fennelly was crucial. He got on a lot of ball in the final third and hit a couple of key scores to scupper any potential Galway comeback.
3) Joe Canning
After two subdued performances in the quarter-final and semi-final, Canning delivered today. He finished with 1-8 but his explosive start to the game set the tone for Galway's excellent opening half. Like the rest of the team, Canning faded in the second 35 but even as the clock ticked away he tried to rescue the game for the Tribesmen by converting a penalty at the second attempt.